Weekly Roundup: May 21-27

Have a beautiful week, Greater Longfellow


May is American Indian Month in Minnesota. Join Hennepin County Library as they celebrate American Indian Month in Minnesota with online events, book lists and other library resources:


Reduce the stigma; May is Mental Health Month
In these especially traumatic and stressful times, it’s more important than ever to look out for our mental well-being. What exactly is mental health? Mental health is a person’s general sense of emotional, psychological and cognitive well-being. The World Health Organization defines mental health as: A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to his or her community.

Reduce the stigma around mental health conditions Stigma around depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, trauma and other mental health conditions can add shame to the weight people carry and keep us from getting the help we need. Use these tips to talk about mental wellness in a stigma-free way:

  • Take certain words out of your vocabulary. Crazy, nutty, head case, lunatic, psycho, schizoid and similar words reinforce stereotypes, label human beings and minimize the importance of understanding mental health conditions.
  • Instead of “afflicted with” or “suffers from” a mental illness, use the fact-based “lives with,” “is diagnosed with” or “has.”
  • Use a person-first approach. We are not our diagnoses. Example: Instead of “a schizophrenic person,” say “a person living with schizophrenia” or “someone diagnosed with schizophrenia.”

Resources for mental wellness and crisis: You and your loved ones are not alone.

Greater Longfellow’s Annual Neighborhood Garage Sale 2021 is coming up on SATURDAY, JUNE 5!  REGISTER BY 5/26/21

Greater Longfellow (Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, and Longfellow neighborhoods) are teaming up with six other adjacent neighborhoods (Corcoran, Standish Ericsson, Minnehaha, Keewaydin, Wenonah, and Morris Park) for one day of amazing deals!
To participate: Registration fee is $10 for your sale to be included on the free Sales Map including all participating neighborhoods available at several local businesses including Greater Longfellow’s
• Fireroast Coffee & Wine, 3800 37th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
• Milkweed Coffee, 3822 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
• Turtle Bread (Longfellow), 4205 E 34th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Registration is OPEN NOW through MAY 26 at: https://forms.gle/RMh1BfJez7vDtaD37
•Funds raised help support Longfellow Community Council’s neighborhood work.•

Security Lighting Grants Available 
The Longfellow Community Council is now offering grants of up to $200 to reimburse residential property owners in Greater Longfellow for security lighting purchases. For information on eligible project and how to apply, please visit www.longfellow.org/programs/home-security-lighting-grant/ If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org

COMMUNITY SAFETY TRAINING: Saturday, May 22 from 11am–2:30pm
Location: Cedar Ave S & 24th St E Minneapolis, Minnesota – Little Earth Outdoor Auditorium
Learning Objectives: • Identifying their trigger points & anchor points based in Unarmed Civilian Protection. • Strengthen participant’s ability to hold space during actions and crisis points through Healing Justice methodologies. • Provide an overview of commonly used munitions by the state and their remedies. https://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/articles/940-cst

The Community Safety Training Workshops focus on preparing individuals and communities for handling community safety concerns and situations. The learning objectives are rooted in Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) and aim to supply participants with skills for approaching safety concerns and providing a safe space for the community. These workshops are led by Nonviolent Peaceforce facilitators in partnership with Little Earth Protectors (LEP), American Indian Movement (AIM), Twin Cities Democratic Socialist of America (DSA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Cedar-Riverside Community Council. During training, participants will practice building out de-escalation skills, strengthen the participants ability to hold space during actions and crisis points, and be able to hold a healing space grounded in respect and mutual aid/protection for all individuals. 

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Wuhan Wuhan | MSP Int’l Film Festival w/ MSP Film Society: May 14 @ 12am  – May 23 @ 11:55pm • Free • Online EventOnline: prod3.agileticketing.net 
Click for tickets to your virtual screening of WUHAN WUHAN: https://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/info.aspx…

WUHAN WUHAN is an observational documentary unfolding during February and March, 2020 at the height of the pandemic in Wuhan city, where the coronavirus began. With unprecedented access at the peak of the pandemic lockdown, WUHAN WUHAN goes beyond the statistics and salacious headlines and puts a human experience into the early days of the mysterious virus as Chinese citizens and frontline healthcare workers grappled with an invisible, deadly killer.

The film focuses on five heart-wrenching and endearing stories: a soft-hearted ER doctor and an unflappable ICU nurse from the COVID-19 hospital; a compassionate volunteer psychologist at a temporary hospital; a tenacious mother and son who are COVID-19 patients navigating the byzantine PRC healthcare system; and a volunteer driver for medical workers and his 9 month pregnant wife whose heartfelt story forms the backbone of this film.

WUHAN WUHAN is a testament to the universality of our collective pandemic experience, that no matter what country, no one is immune to disease and that we, as a human species, share the same humanity in our struggle to survive.

Collection Playlist: Black Mary & Shades of Shadows w/ Walker Art Center: May 18 @ 10am – May 31 @ 11:59pm • Free • Online Event • Online: walkerart.org
A film from the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection is paired with a contemporary work that is not in the collection. The two works resonate with timeless, conceptual connections.

Two visionary, boundary-breaking artists find creative intersections, incorporating fragments from the past to offer contemporary spaces of sanctuary and freedom. Kahlil Joseph’s beautiful and haunting short film Black Mary screens with Amir George’s metaphysical collage film Shades of Shadows, recently acquired to the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection.
Screening online for free beginning at 10 am (CDT) May 18 until May 31.


Men on Boats w/ University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance: May 19 @ 7:30pm – May 26 @ 11:30pm • Free • Online Event
MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus • Directed by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha & Kym Longhi • Streaming virtually on Vimeo: vimeo.com/umtad
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About the play: Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. Men on Boats is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Performed by an entire cast of Not-Men. More info & virtual program at z.umn.edu/MenOnBoats

Friday, May 21 

“MPSI Meets: Hysterical Laughter” Event by Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and The Rochester Posse @ 5:15-6:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: zoom.us
Have you ever laughed so “hysterically” that you just couldn’t stop? And what does it mean to describe laughter itself as “hysterical”? It was not until the end of the nineteenth century that this now familiar turn of phrase became strongly associated with pleasure or enjoyment. Prior to that time, hysterical laughter was the last thing you’d ever want to experience with your body. It especially afflicted vulnerable women suffering from unresolvable mixed feelings.

In this talk, I will detail laughter’s hysterical turn: from isolated misery to the love of uproarious company. With reference to hysterical laughter, I will reveal how psychoanalysis emerged from this very ambiguity between forbidden pleasures and traumatic symptoms. Finally, we’ll zoom out and think about the resurgence of gaslighting hysteria and endemic enjoyment in twenty-first century media culture.

PRESENTER:  Maggie Hennefeld is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is author of Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes (Columbia University Press, 2018), and co-editor of Cultural Critique and of two volumes, Unwatchable (Rutgers University Press, 2019) and Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence (Duke University Press, 2020). 

THE INVENTION OF PUBLIC SPACE virtual event with SACRPH and Mariana Mogilevich w/ University of Minnesota Press @ Noon • Free • Online Event
Online: princeton.zoom.us
Mariana Mogilevich will join a virtual event with the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) for a discussion of her new book, The Invention of Public Space: Designing for Inclusion in Lindsay’s New York. She will be in conversation with Peter L’Official, author of Urban Legends: The South Bronx in Representation and Ruin, moderated by Brian Goldstein (Swarthmore College). Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information: https://princeton.zoom.us/…/tJMrceCtrTsqG9SngV8Ei7o7MnM….

Mariana Mogilevich details a watershed moment when designers, government administrators, and residents sought to remake New York City in the image of a diverse, free, and democratic society. Combining psychology, politics, and design, she uncovers a critical moment of transformation in understanding city life and reveals the emergence of a concept of public space that remains today a powerful aspiration.

“Deeply researched and wonderfully written, The Invention of Public Space will inspire a re-thinking of a concept—public space—and a place and time—New York City in the 1960s and ’70s—that we thought we knew well. Mariana Mogilevich captures the unique excitement of that moment when the top-down framework of modernist urban design and planning had collapsed and a new world of open, inclusive, and participatory design seemed to be beginning.”
—Robert Fishman, Taubman College of Architecture + Planning, University of Michigan

Read more about the book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/…/the-invention-of-public-space.

Jessica Lind Peterson presents Sound Like Trapped Thunder with Angela Pelster w/ Mind the Bird Media and Birchbark Books and Native Arts @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Birchbark Books will host Jessica Lind Peterson for a reading and discussion of her debut lyric essay collection, Sound Like Trapped Thunder, from Seneca Review Books. Angela Pelster will join Jessica in conversation, with an audience Q&A to follow.

Jessica Lind Peterson is a Minnesota-based essayist and playwright. Her essays have appeared in Orion, Seneca Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, River Teeth, Passages North, and others. Her book Sound Like Trapped Thunder won the 2020 Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize and is forthcoming from Seneca Review Books. She is the co-founder of Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo, Minnesota and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University in St. Paul. She lives with her family in Canyon, Minnesota in a trailer that is painted green.

Angela Pelster is a 2021 McKnight Artist Fellow, judged by Hanif Abdurraqib. Her first essay collection “Limber” won the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for best new book in Nonfiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her work has previously appeared in LitHub, Ploughshares, Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, River Teeth and The Gettysburg Review among others. She’s been a Katharine Bakeless Nason Bread Loaf Fellow in nonfiction, a Minnesota State Arts Board grantee, and was an Iowa Arts fellow during her MFA at the University of Iowa. She’s an associate professor at Hamline University, and her new book, “The Entanglements,” is forthcoming with Mad Creek Books in 2022

Academy of Inclusive Care w/ Minneapolis VA Health Care System @ Noon-12:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: teams.microsoft.com
This presentation is provided to bring awareness to new educational courses that have been designed to shift culture of care at the VA hospitals to include caregivers on their wounded warriors’ medical team, reduce the challenges of being a caregiver, and ultimately improve health (both physical and mental health) outcomes for both our Veterans and Caregivers.

Facilitator(s)Denise Losie, MSW, LICSW, General Caregiver Support Program Coordinator at Minneapolis VAHCS
Virtual Location: Phone at 1-872-701-0185 with Conference ID: 537 251 791 # or Microsoft Teams via Video Conference (no special software required) https://teams.microsoft.com/…/19%3ameeting…/0… 

Saturday, May 22

Albert Herring w/ Minnesota Opera @ 1pm • Free • Online Event
Albert Herring is a rollicking comedy about a shy, innocent boy who, frustrated with small-town conventions, breaks free from the expectations of society. Gently laced with Britten’s musical wit and gifts for parody and caricature, this story about the world’s reaction to an outsider is joyfully brought to life in this springtime presentation.
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Eric Crozier
2021 Spring Season digital offerings will be available for FREE on YouTube, Facebook, and mnopera.org. Learn more and receive an email reminder by signing up for our newsletter.

Free digital access to the 2021 Spring Season is made possible by our generous community. As we find new ways of advancing our mission to provide access to innovative opera for all, please consider supporting MN Opera and the 2021 Spring Season.

Sunday, May 23

Untangling From Anxiety (Virtual Workshop) w/ State of Mind Therapy @ 9:30-10:30am • $20 • Online Event
Anxiety can show up in many ways. You can struggle with worry about daily situations, or something very specific like getting ill, or harmed in some way. Anxiety causes physical discomfort—-fatigue, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, and stomachaches—which make it difficult to get through the day. Overthinking and unwanted thoughts lead you to feel anxious about feeling anxious. Anxiety can cause you to avoid situations that cause discomfort, go to extreme lengths to get rid of your anxiety, and rob your confidence.

Learn effective and practical ways to handle anxiety and live your best life. Learn:
*How your current coping tools are keeping you stuck
* How to embrace uncertainty
*How to make room for worry (and other uncomfortable thoughts and feelings)
*Tools to see your thoughts as just thoughts
*How to weather the [emotional] storm

Monday, May 24

Waite Park Anti-Racism Series: Raising Anti-Racists w/ Waite Park Neighborhood in Northeast Minneapolis @ 5:30-7:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: tinyurl.com
The Waite Park Community Council is grateful to partner with Tru Ruts on a series of neighborhood conversations on anti-racism. This program is one of two new sessions added in response to popular demand. They are open to all but registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/wpars 

Writing Workshop: Writing Life “Recipes” w/ More Than A Single Story and Hennepin County Library @ Noon • Free • Online Event
Online: hclib.bibliocommons.com
In this workshop, we will use guided creative writing exercises to invent life “recipes” such as “How to Live a Life Worth Telling” or “How to Forgive Your Haters.” The workshop is part conversation, part writing and part sharing. All levels of writing and life experience welcomed. Bring a notebook and pencil or laptop and a good sense of humor (because the facilitator has a wacky sense of humor). Participants are encouraged to create recipes in any language(s).

Led by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, an award-winning Lao writer and author of the children’s book “When Everything was Everything” who is best known for her award-winning play, “Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals.”
In collaboration with Hennepin County Libraries. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tuesday, May 25

Virtual Development Community Meeting – Multi-family Project at 3122-3128 Minnehaha Ave @ 7pm
Join us for a virtual presentation and Q&A with Aberdeen Companies LLC regarding their proposal for a multi-family residential development at 3122-3128 Minnehaha Ave.
Project Details:
• Site Plans
• Rendering
• Number of Stories – 3
• Building Height – 41.5′
• Number of Parking Spaces – 3
• Land Use Requests – Rezoning to bring in line with Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan and potentially Front Yard Setback
Learn more herehttps://longfellow.org/2021/05/18/virtual-development-community-meeting-multi-family-project-at-3122-3128-minnehaha-ave/

Postpartum Depression w/ Minneapolis VA Health Care System @ Noon-12:45pm • Free • Online Event
Online: teams.microsoft.com
The birth of a baby can bring about so many different changes for a family, which may include postpartum depression. This virtual event will define postpartum depression vs. baby blues and how to help the new family.
Facilitator(s): Cheryl Patterson, MS, RN, LMFT, Maternity & Infertility Care Coordinator
Virtual Location
Phone at 1-872-701-0185 with Conference 939 185 067 #
or Microsoft Teams via Video Conference (no special software required) https://teams.microsoft.com/…/19%3ameeting…/0…

Mental Health Highlights – Focus on Pivoting in Today’s Workforce Post Pandemic, Adapting to Change, and Self Care w/ Urban League Twin Cities Young Professionals @ 6pm • Free • Online Event
Online: itgo.us
During this time, we are all experiencing change whether it is personally or professionally. Pivoting is a popular word and is trending due to the fact that it speaks to what many of us are having to do in the workforce unexpectedly.

We will go through some tips and resources of how to pivot to make the transition a little easier. Additionally, we will discuss adapting to change and will provide some useful self care tips and resources.
Speaker: Angela Johnson, M.P.A. 

BEGIN WITH A BEE virtual launch event with Red Balloon Bookshop w/ University of Minnesota Press @ 6:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: redballoonbookshop.com
Just in time for summer, you’re invited to a virtual launch party for “Begin With a Bee”—a fantastic new nonfiction picture book about the rusty-patch bumblebee, Minnesota’s state bee! Join authors Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Phyllis Root, and illustrator Claudia McGehee as they share details from the making of the book and facts about the rusty-patch bee, and take questions from the audience (as time allows). Please register here to receive the virtual meeting informationhttps://www.redballoonbookshop.com/…/begin-bee-virtual….
Pre-registration is required! You can register for the event for free, select a bundle of a free ticket and book(s), or can donate to help Red Balloon keep events happening. Registration ends at 5 pm on May 25. All registered attendees will be sent the link to join the party on the evening of the event.

Looking closely at the life cycle of one bee, this book helps readers of all ages understand and appreciate the contributions and significance of all bees. The queen bee’s life unfolds through captivating illustrations, while the authors impart the poetry and basic science of the rusty-patched bumblebee, the first bee to appear on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species list.

“The real queen in this colony is the striking artwork . . . Close-ups of the bees alternate with views of a lush countryside and its other denizens. It’s an inviting book on any shelf, and the story is concise enough for longer storytimes. Educators, caregivers, and young readers will all be buzzing with delight. This book is the bee’s knees.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Read more about the book here: .https://www.upress.umn.edu/book…/books/begin-with-a-bee

MPR Broadcast: Albert Herring w/ Minnesota Opera @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
In partnership with YourClassical Radio (formerly Classical Minnesota Public Radio), you can tune in and listen to special broadcasts of Minnesota Opera performances. On May 25 at 7:00pm, tune in to hear MN Opera’s Albert Herring.
MAY DAY MAYHEM. Albert Herring is a rollicking comedy about a shy, innocent boy who, frustrated with small-town conventions, breaks free from the expectations of society. Gently laced with Britten’s musical wit and gifts for parody and caricature, this story about the world’s reaction to an outsider is joyfully brought to life in this springtime presentation.
Don’t miss this special broadcast on YourClassical Radio. Visit mnopera.org/listen to learn more.

Wednesday, May 26

Empowering You: Let’s Talk About Personal Boundaries w/ Hennepin County Library @ 7-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
In this 90-minute webinar, Brenison Wheeler from Women’s Advocates will lead a discussion on the following topics:
1. Our current beliefs about boundary setting + giving ourselves permission to set them.
2. What our unique personal boundaries are and how they relate to our values and deepening our connections with ourselves and others.
3. How to actually set boundaries with people in our personal lives and how to maintain them.
The free webinar will be on Zoom.
Register at http://bit.ly/EmpoweringU_PersonalBoundaries

Live captioning will be available. Please email Brenisen at bwheeler@wadvocates.org with any questions or concerns. After the event, all registrants will be emailed a copy of the PowerPoint slides and a link to the recording. This event is part of the Empowering You series. Other events in this series are:
June 30: The Power of Saying ‘No’ & How to Say It
Learn more about the series: https://bit.ly/EmpoweringYouHCL

Hosted by Minneapolis Central Library. Collaborator: Women’s Advocates. Funding provided in part by Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library.

Thursday, May 27

Know Thy Triggers: Coping with Compulsive Behaviors w/ Minneapolis VA Health Care System @ Noon-1pm • Free • Online Event
This virtual event is presented by Minneapolis VA’s Additive Recovery Services Team which will include: discussion on the relationships between psychiatric symptoms and compulsive behaviors (i.e. using chemicals, gambling, internet, porn, etc.); and teaching participants intervention strategies for coping with compulsive behaviors, including how to use the “3 C’s” (Catch-It, Check-It, and Change-It).
Kyle Jendro, MSW, LICSW
Dr. Olivia Larson, PhD, LP
Dr. Daniel Silversmith, PsyD, LP
Faith Weiss, MSW, LICSW
Virtual Location:
Phone at 1-872-701-0185 with Conference ID: 932 538 24 #
or Microsoft Teams via Video Conference (no special software required) https://teams.microsoft.com/…/19%3ameeting…/0…

Ask An Advocate Series: Youth Bystander Intervention w/ Sexual Violence Center @ 1-2pm • Free • Online Event
Step up! Speak up! Take action!
Let’s talk about bystander intervention!
Everyone can be a bystander to a situation, but it takes more to be an active bystander. Have you ever seen something bad happen and wondered whether you should have taken action? Whether we know it or not, we are all bystanders to various events throughout our lifetime, and it is up to us to take a stand and intervene when appropriate.

Bystander intervention is the act of feeling empowered and equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively assist in the prevention of sexual violence. You never know when you may find yourself in need of assistance, so why not pay it forward and become an active bystander!

The Sexual Violence Center is a dedicated rape crisis center providing free support services to individuals in Carver, Hennepin, and Scott counties who have experienced sexual violence. https://www.sexualviolencecenter.org/

Vinyl Revival: Album Encounters w/ Hennepin County Library @ 7-8:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: bit.ly
Join us for a discussion of Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece “What’s Going On” in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
Listen to Vinyl Revival spin songs from soul music’s first concept record, learn how Gaye changed Motown with his introspective lyrics about the Vietnam War, police brutality, human rights, and the environment, and share your thoughts on Rolling Stone’s Best Album of All Time.

Register today with your email: http://bit.ly/WhatsGoingOnVinylRevival
The link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance (within 48 hours of the event).
Album Encounters is a music discussion series hosted by Vinyl Revival – a program from Minneapolis Central Library featuring artist residencies, performances, workshops and listening opportunities. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

City Council approves ordinance changing citywide off-street parking regulations to align with Minneapolis 2040 goals
The City Council has adopted an ordinance that eliminates minimum off-street parking requirements citywide and makes changes to other travel demand management practices to align with the City’s goals outlined in Minneapolis 2040 and the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan.
Highlights of the ordinance:

  • Eliminates minimum off-street parking requirements citywide.
  • Incrementally lowers maximum parking allowances citywide.
  • Increases bicycle parking requirements, and requirements for associated shower and locker facilities in large-scale developments.
  • Establishes requirements for electrical vehicle charging infrastructure in new parking lots and structures.
  • Amends the travel demand management (TDM) ordinance to apply more broadly and reorient regulations toward achieving the City’s climate goals, which includes having three out of every five trips taken in Minneapolis by walking, bicycling or transit.

The ordinance advances several Minneapolis 2040 goals, including climate change resilience and a clean environment by reducing reliance on cars and supporting the growth of electric vehicle infrastructure. It also promotes the goals of affordable and accessible housing and complete neighborhoods by improving the feasibility of development at varying scales in locations throughout Minneapolis. Learn more about the ordinance.

Hennepin County has grants to salvage building materials
Hennepin County has funding available for building and remodeling projects that use deconstruction techniques instead of standard demolition to remove materials during the removal or renovation of a building. In a deconstruction project, a building is taken apart mostly by hand, and materials are sorted into categories for efficient recycling and reuse. Deconstruction prevents usable materials from going to the landfill, makes used building materials available to the community, provides additional jobs, and supports local reuse retailers.

Property owners and developers can receive up to $5,000 to help offset the additional time and labor costs associated with deconstruction. Grants are available for projects on residential properties located in Hennepin County that are 500 square feet or larger on structures built prior to 1970. Learn more and apply at hennepin.us/deconstruction or contact Olivia.Cashman@hennepin.us.

Minneapolis Public Schools offering range of summer activities:Students have tons of fun options this summer with Minneapolis Public Schools to keep their minds active and their bodies moving. Check out the program options below.

  • Summer Scholars is free and open to all students in pre-K-8, with both in-person and virtual options depending on a student’s grade. Many programs are also available to students who live in Minneapolis but do not attend an MPS school.  
  • Many old favorites like swim lessons will return with class content adjusted to maximize safety, along with expanded programs like Freedom Schools and Natural Leaders. Learn more about Super Summer programs for youths on the Community Education website.
  • MPS’ School Spirit Sport Camps are available to elementary students (K-5 grades) from Aug. 2-6 and Aug. 9-15, with both morning and afternoon options. Sport Camps are free and transportation is provided. Sports will be played on the varsity field and will include soccer, volleyball, flag football and track. Adaptive sports will also be available. Contact Devin Nelson at devin.nelson@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Learn more about the 2021 summer programs

Small Business Administration (SBA) funding available for Minneapolis restaurants, bars
Minneapolis restaurants and bars can apply for pandemic relief through the Small Business Administration (SBA) Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Eligible businesses can receive funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss from this SBA program. Applications open Monday, May 3.  

Priority groups include BIPOC, women and veteran owned businesses. The Minnesota District office of the SBA is offering multiple webinars to help businesses better understand the program and ask questions. Minneapolis businesses who would like support connecting to local resources should contact the Minneapolis Small Business Team at 612-673-2499 or SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov

City now accepting applications for block event permits
The City of Minneapolis has resumed accepting applications for block event permits as a result of Gov. Walz’s latest executive orders loosening COVID-19 restrictions. The City’s permit review process will continue to be informed by the latest in State and City pandemic-related regulations. Due to a large volume of permits we expect to receive, please plan for additional time for City staff to review and process. Find more information about obtaining a City permit for events held in the street



COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

‘Roll Up Your Sleeves, Minnesota Families’ outreach campaign focused on vaccines for 12- to 15-year-olds
Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to use Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, the State’s “Roll Up Your Sleeves, MN” campaign will focus its efforts on outreach to Minnesota families and their children this week.

“Roll Up Your Sleeves, Minnesota Families” week will extend through Saturday, May 22. During this week, 12- to 15-year-olds and their families will be prioritized for shots at the Mall of America community vaccination site. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments can be made online through the Community Vaccination Program. Minnesota’s 16- and 17-year-olds who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine during the week of April 26 are encouraged to share their vaccine story with their siblings, friends, and family. They are encouraged to bring an eligible, unvaccinated Minnesotan with them to get their first dose when they receive their second dose. Efforts to vaccinate teens also include pop-up clinics in local schools surrounding the Minnesota State Fair Vaccination site that will use doses from the FEMA-sponsored site. Learn more

 Find your vaccine
Vaccines work. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, get a vaccine as soon as you can. We know that vaccinated people are less likely to spread COVID-19 and that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. About nine out of 10 Americans live within 5 miles of a COVID-19 vaccination site.

Help us spread the word bout upcoming City vaccination events by sharing on Facebook and Twitter

Get a free COVID-19 test and help stop the spread

The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. While the coronavirus spread continues to increase, fewer people have been getting tested for it. Testing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus along with wearing masks correctly, keeping 6 feet from anyone you don’t live with, hand-washing and getting vaccinated.

With variant cases on the rise in Minnesota, you should get tested if you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms; if you were close to someone who tested positive for COVID-19; if you attended a one-time, high risk activity with people you do not live with; if you are actively engaging with people outside of your household or working outside of your household; or if you are returning to a classroom or a school campus. In particular, young people in school and their families should get tested every two weeks until the end of the school year. This strategy is to help keep schools and sports open.

The State is now urging athletes, coaches, referees, volunteers and other sports participants to get tested for COVID-19 weekly. Students not participating in sports or other group activities are still strongly encouraged to test every two weeks. Free COVID-19 tests: Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

Sanctuary Covenant Church, 710 W. Broadway Ave. Noon-3 p.m. Fridays, May 7, 14, 21
You can expect to get your test results in about 24 hours.

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.

Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St. 2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment. You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days. Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.

Brooklyn Park Starlight Center 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airpor7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests on the City website. If you can’t attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

Free at-home saliva tests: The State is also offering free at-home saliva tests. Any person in Minnesota can order a saliva test kit from the COVID-19 Test at Home program.

Resources: The COVID-19 test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance.

Why get tested? Videos in Spanish, Somali and Hmong: Whether you feel sick or not, get tested. This will protect your loved ones and help us all return safely back to school, work and other activities. Watch and share these short videos in SpanishSomali and Hmong.

COVID-19 hotline for Immigrant Communities
Get answers in your own language about COVID-19 information, testing and resources. You can also get help in your own language with other needs like food, school, child care, employment and health care. Call the Refugee and Immigrant COVID Care hotline at 651-318-0989, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

COVID-19 emergency rent and utility bill assistance
If you have experienced hardship due to the pandemic and need help paying your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction. Eligible Minneapolis renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months total assistance.  

Get ready by downloading this checklist to see if you’re eligible and find out what documents you’ll need to be ready when the program opens for applications later this month. 

RentHelpMN is a collaborative effort among the City of Minneapolis and other local and State governments across Minnesota to provide emergency rental assistance to Minneapolis households and households across the state.

Landlords:’ Download the landlords checklist for information about how to alert your tenants, help them get ready to apply and prepare your documentation for when the program opens for applications. 
You can sign up for email updates about when RentHelpMN will open and how to apply on the State’s website.


Other Information, Events, Activities & Resources:

MSPIFF Live Events along Riverfront
For information on all events and screenings, including virtual access to the following live events: https://mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff/.

Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera
Drive-in screening: Friday, May 21; doors open at 7 pm, screening at 8:30 pm
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters: 2117 W. River Road N.
For information and tickets: https://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=694845~36893ed1-b0b9-423c-bbab-90f22d0aeafe&epguid=6afead16-021b-4b88-b338-6a4b642c57cf&.

Closing Presentation: After Antarctica
Drive-in screening: Saturday, May 22; doors open at 7 pm, screening at 8:30 pm
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters: 2117 W. River Road N.
Live ZOOM conversation: Sunday, May 23, 4 pm
For information and tickets: https://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/info.aspx?evtinfo=694930~36893ed1-b0b9-423c-bbab-90f22d0aeafe&epguid=6afead16-021b-4b88-b338-6a4b642c57cf&.

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music
501 Second St. S.
For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: https://www.macphail.orgor 612-321-0100.

All-School Recital
Tuesday, June 1, 7 – 8 pm
Intended for students of all ages, instruments and abilities, All-School Recitals typically feature a nice mix of performers, composers and genre. For information: https://www.macphail.org/events/all-school-recital-4/.

Virtual Workshops from Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Note: Some MCBA workshops fill up before I list them, so feel free to check their website for future options:https://www.mnbookarts.org/category/exhibitions-events/upcoming-exhibitions/.
• Box Building for Beginners With Erin Maurelli
Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15, 22; 7 – 9 pm
This workshop is perfect for anyone new to book arts who would like to learn something a little different. Building boxes, with high-density board often called “book board,” is a time-honored tradition within book arts. Hand-built boxes serve many functions, from holding tools to preserving fragile books. Participants will learn the basics of box building while creating two unique boxes with lids. Erin Maurelli (she/her) is a Twin Cities-based educator and artist. Printmaking, letterpress and book arts are central to her personal work. She received a Master Printer Certificate from Tamarind Institute for Lithography in 2002. Maurelli received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa, with an additional Book Arts Certificate from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book. Maurelli is a great technician and aims to help students improve their technique as well as explore their creativity. To learn more click here. All skill levels welcome.  $190/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 supply fee; $110 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 supply fee. For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/box-building-for-beginners/.
• Print, Fold, Cut! Three Playful Techniques for Bookmaking With Rachel Church
Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15; 4:30 — 6:30 pm
Learn a set of at-home techniques and structures for creating engaging artist’s books with little surprises such as storage compartments, peek-through cut-outs and custom patterned paper. First, learn how to print patterned papers using simple, inexpensive supplies at home. This is a great process for all levels of artists to quickly express themselves through pattern and print. Next, explore masu boxes, a folded box structure that can be used to create a variety of book objects with storage compartments. Last, learn to make a suite of single-page folded book structures and experiment with ways to incorporate cut-outs to take advantage of both sides of the paper. All of these techniques can be combined with other art and bookmaking processes you may already know to enhance your practice. All skill levels welcome. $120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $60 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/print-fold-cut-three-playful-techniques-for-bookmaking/.
• Origami Fireworks Modular With Kathleen Sheridan
Wednesdays: June 2, 9; 6 – 9 pm
Learn how to make two celebratory origami fireworks. Origami modulars are made up of several pieces folded in the same way and put together like puzzle pieces, all connected without glue. These firework modulars can be manipulated endlessly. With each rotation, you will see a different view of the connections of the units. It’s mesmerizing to play with! Modulars are addicting to fold, satisfying to assemble and a delight to the eyes. In this virtual workshop, learn how to fold and assemble two unique modular fireworks and leave with the knowledge to make more. All skill levels welcome. $120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $60 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/origami-fireworks-modular/.
• Hand Lettering in the Physical and Digital World With Joanna Manning
Wednesdays: June 2, 9; 7 – 9 pm
Designed for those with interest in exploring American penmanship, this virtual workshop begins with a brief history of calligraphy and writing instruments. Instruction will cover paper position, pen-holding posture, penmanship exercises and practice with margin and spacing design. After hand lettering a design with an ink pen, scan the finished design and learn how to edit and share your design digitally. Build skills with this expressive form of communication and experiment with inventive ways to share it. This workshop is designed for adaptability to the skill level and individuality of participants; however, participants must have experience with photo editing software and a scanner. Some experience helpful. $80/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $40 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/hand-lettering-in-the-physical-and-digital-world/.
• Mixed Media Sketchbook With Emma Freeman
Thursdays: June 3, 10, 17; 7 – 9 pm
Breathe new life into your book collection by turning existing books into sketchbooks. Explore a variety of mixed media artmaking techniques including painting, mark-making, collaging, drawing and writing to create dynamic art on each page. This virtual workshop is an invitation to play and experiment with mixed media techniques to expand and deepen your abstract artmaking and mixed media language. All skill levels welcome.  $120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $60 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/mixed-media-sketchbook/.

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
Unless indicated, all activities are free and or all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/north_mississippi_regional_park/
Naturalist staff will be onsite to provide sanitized materials and introductory instruction for activities that will be self-directed by individual households.
• Nature Nuts: Storybook Stroll
Wednesday, June 2, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Get those inquisitive minds and bodies exploring nature through storybooks. Bring your little one outside for an active literary adventure while discovering nature themes during imaginative play. Each week check out a new book alongside nature exploration activities while strolling through the park. For kids up to age 8 with an adult. This is an adult/child interactive experience. $2. For information and to register:https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/nature-nuts-storybook-stroll/111359.
• Wild Nature Challenge
Thursday, June 3, 5 – 7:30 pm
Practice your wilderness skills in the park through nature challenges. Build forts, maneuver through obstacles, and build a campfire with the bare essentials. It’s like an escape room in nature – fun for all ages and abilities. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/wild-nature-challenge/111286.
• Trail Treasures
Saturday, June 5, 10 – 11 am
Explore park paths with a naturalist guide in search of nature’s treasures. Use different tools like binoculars and magnifying glasses to get a closer look at what’s hidden outside. Come enjoy the exploration – who knows what we may find! All experience levels welcome to enjoy the outdoors while activating bodies and minds in discovery. This is a therapeutic recreation designed program. For ages 18 and up. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/trail-treasures/111378.
• Family Trail Treasures
Saturday, June 5, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Explore park paths with a naturalist guide in search of nature’s treasures! Use different tools like binoculars and magnifying glasses to get a closer look at what’s hidden outside. Come enjoy the exploration – who knows what we may find! All experience levels welcome to enjoy the outdoors while activating bodies and minds in discovery. This is a therapeutic recreation designed program. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/family-trail-treasures/111302.
• Family Funday
Saturday, June 5, 1 – 3 pm
Get outside for active, nature fun in the park. Explore a different seasonal theme each week through self-directed: scavenger hunts, nature walks and interactive skills development such as bird watching or animal tracking. All ages and experience levels welcome to enjoy the outdoors while activating bodies and minds in discovery. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/family-funday/111370.

Seeking Applications for Water Works Public Art Project
The City of Minneapolis invites public artists to apply to design and create public artwork to be incorporated into Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s new park, Water Works, located within Mill Ruins Park overlooking Saint Anthony Falls. The artwork will celebrate the histories, languages and vibrant cultures of Indigenous and Dakhóta people and honor the two nearby sacred Dakhóta sites — Owámniyomni (St. Anthony Falls) and Wanáǧi Wíta (Spirit Island) – destroyed in the 1960s to make way for the nearby lock and dam. The selected artist or artist team will collaborate with the design team and community to create public artwork for this new park. Applications due June 7. For information: https://www2.minneapolismn.gov/business-services/planning-zoning/city-plans/public-art-long-range-planning/call-for-artists/.

MWMO on Creating Pollinator Habitat at Home
Planting native plants at home — even just a few — is a powerful way to support both pollinators and water quality. Our latest blog post covers both the how and why of planting native perennials at home, including how to choose a location, select plants and overcome challenging soil conditions. If you decide to give it a shot, you can find even more resources on the native plants page. If you already have native plants, May is a good time to prepare them for the new growing season. You can learn the basics of spring maintenance for native plants in this YouTube video. And while you’re busy planning your native plant garden, you can support pollinators in the meantime by letting your lawn grow wild for  No Mow May (provided that your local ordinances allow it).

Mississippi River Paddle Share
Mississippi River Paddle Share is an exciting recreational and transportation opportunity for people who don’t own a boat and want a safe and enjoyable river experience. This is a first of its kind in a national park and in the country. Kiosks are located at three locations along the Minneapolis stretch of the Mississippi River (and four on other river segments). All the Minneapolis and St. Paul stations are aligned with Nice Ride bike share stations. For a separate fee, you can paddle one way and bike back along this great river. Transit service and ride share is available from the other locations. See www.rivertripplanner.org for transit and bike share options, including schedules and locations. For information: http://paddleshare.org.

Nearby Nature at North Mississippi Regional Park
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
Think you’re familiar with your local park? The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) invites people of all ages to explore the parks in fresh ways this summer with Nearby Nature. All Nearby Nature activities are free, and no registration is necessary. Just show up and be ready for fun, relaxation and inspiration! Rotating through parks every week or so, activities include the following:
·      Storybook Strolls — Walk through a great story and a park at the same time, page by page.
·      Natural Finds — Learn orienteering on special courses designed for Minneapolis parks.
·      Nature Quests — Discover nature in the park through scavenger hunts, challenges, informational signs and more.
·      Guided Experiences — Nature-inspired yoga poses, forest-bathing techniques and other prompts help your mind, body and soul tune into a refreshing state of nature.
·      Collaborative Nature Art — Find and add natural objects to mandalas, collages, community collections and other artworks-in-progress in the park. 
For updates on what will be happening, where: https://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodnaturalist/